Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007 - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
22 oz. bomber**, served in a goblet.
A - clear, orange/amber color with a tan head that settles down leaving some lacing.
S - sweet aroma of fig/dates, but in reality, it's barley malt.
T - sticky-sweet barley malt flavor, with a little hop bite on the finish.
ABV is well hidden in a nice balance of barley malt and hops.
M - medium bodied, light carbonation.
D - good drinkability, it's a 'sipper', but it's a good one!
Final Notes: my local beer store has a few of these (4 / 22 oz. bombers) left on the shelf, I might buy 'em up and 'sit on' them until the leaves turn color or the first snowfall.
** - this is my number 50 'bomber' on a personal quest to drink 100 different beers available in a 22 oz. 'bomber' bottle.
06-24-2007 05:34:06 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber... typical, rambling musings on the back, though I've yet to read it entirely.... "Limited Early 2007 Release" inscribed on the front...
Color is a clear, rich copper, with a small bit of carbo slowly meandering upwards... Head is thin, off-white, and quite finely bubbled. Lacing is light and sporadic. Toasty malt wafts about, along with an edgy, sharp, spicy hop kick and something, oddly, akin to coconut (huh?). A bit of a fruity character is also present, suggesting pear and green apple. Body is solid, and OG is quite smooth, tongue-wise.
Toastiness is very noticeable in the flavor, with sweetness swirling about with light, brown-sugary notes and caramel. There's some fruity action here, also, but it's well-subdued and muted, lingering in the background. Hoppiness here is pronounced and biting, with a sharp edge which sticks all over the mouth. Resiny, piney notes combine with grapefruit to hit the palate... and the 11+ % abv does its job in warming the innards. Even with that high abv, this was not as hot and raw as I expected. Quite well-received, overall, by my palate!
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4
04-07-2007 19:18:14 | More by Bierman9
3.63/5 rDev -12.3%
A decent BW, sent courtesy of Secret Bunny rayjay.
Another classic Stone, this BW has all the right ingredients, but they just up not mixed quite properly; amber orange pour, topped by a sweet ivory head that just sticks to the glass sides. Orangy caramel in the aroma and taste. A bit tangy and piney, slightly off-style. Guess the ol Bastard wanted to lend a hand to this brew too, as it ends up a bit on the IPA side. Alcohol is well-hidden, but I know its there by the sharp path it cuts across the tongue.
I have the 2006 version too, cant wait to see how it mellows after a year, or if that year was more BW than IPA.
04-14-2007 18:26:03 | More by Vancer
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
Stone Brew Co.
02-20-2011 Sunday Funday Growler Fills
(Aged 4 years at the brewery)
A murky and cloudy deep copper. Very thin milky brown head with small bubbles. Leaves not so much rings of lacing as sheets of it.
Orange citrus hops, cherries, and lemon in the nose. A sugary caramel sweetness as well.
The bitterness from the hops have faded and what's left is just the essence of citrus hop flavors. These are accompanied by flavors of caramel malts, maple syrup, sweet dates, and old-fashioned donuts. No alcohol heat whatsoever. A fantastic sipper.
Silky yet sticky. Feels like drinking a divine dessert.
As with most decadent desserts, one is most often enough. Even without the slightest hint of alcohol, I don't find myself grabbing for more. (Until around midnight, just like with a rich dessert, and I sneak down to the kitchen for just one more!).
02-22-2011 00:37:40 | More by ehammond1
4/5 rDev -3.4%
Appearance: It's a very nice dark copper color. Head is a little off-white, foamy, and about a finger and a half deep. Retention was good and a nice coat lace lined the glass.
Smell: Very sweet caramel malt aroma. Citrus scents only add to the sweetness (a healthy dose of grapefruit and some orange). Hops are certainly noticeable. Nice and piney.
Taste: Initially, it is sweet. A nice combo of the caramel malts and citrus flavors. Grapefruit adds a bit of bitterness. Hops are certainly piney and bitter, but not overly so. It's pretty well balanced by the malty flavor.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied, but pretty smooth for such a big beer. At nearly 11.3%, it's definitely not a session. But, it's masked pretty well. I shelfed this one for a few months before trying and it is a little smoother and more mature than the first. I'll try another later this year perhaps. Overall, it's a good beer. Not my favorite Stone offering, but it's still a Stone.
05-28-2007 03:06:01 | More by prototypic
4.1/5 rDev -1%
Poured into the long Stone Levitation Tulip. Early 2007 Limited Release.
A - Murky caramel honey - virtually small to no head. Lacing and I think legs there.
S - Sweet malt, caramel and honey notes.
T - Again sweet malt, cooked sweet fruit, alcohol - maybe brown sugar a little? Orange like citrus hops take over and remove most of the sweet coating cloying. Towards the end of the bomber, I swear I get tobacco and leather notes too.
M - Full, carbonated and coating. The hops come in and neutralize most of the feel. The finish is pretty balanced, considering the mammoth elements the beer is trying to balance.
D - I read the review first and braced myself for a possible sticky sweet disappointment. I like this beer. The carbonation is good, the coating and subsequent effect of the hops are balanced to a degree. Each sip begs for another. ABV is the only real drawback here.
10-29-2007 04:01:18 | More by srandycarter
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
This finally made it up to Redding, and that makes me happy.
Pours a bright clear copper color, with a nice foamy white head.
Smells like sweet stewed fruits, grape nuts, and a touch of pine like hops.
Flavors are big, and the mouthfeel is incredibly full and well rounded. (I seem to notice this with all Stone brews) There is a very nutty sweet cereal grain like flavor that dominates, and there is also a hint of alcohol, that isn't overpowering, but it let's you know that this is a 11+ ABV beer. Finish is crisp, and has a nice bitterness from the hops.
Drinkability is obviously a bit low because of the high ABV. But this is an excellent American Barley Wine, and I am glad that there are a few of these in my fridge to set down for a while.
02-05-2007 03:40:20 | More by flexabull
4.72/5 rDev +14%
A lovely light ruby/gold color that seems to glow. A nice tan head to complement.
Hoppy and sweet smelling with notes of citrus and candy.
Big time sweetness along with citrusy hops that are so well integrated together. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Such a treat on the palate.
Big body, slick and smooth. A very clean feel as well.
This is one of the best Barleywines I have ever had. The aging seems to have allowed the flavors to marry perfectly. Awesome, awesome beer!
03-31-2011 19:09:02 | More by jera1350
4.4/5 rDev +6.3%
2007 bottle sampled 12-2011: This one pours a clear, coppery color. There was almost no head on it as well as no lacing. Big whiff of caramel malts. Some piney hops trying to rise up from the malts. Maybe some raisin and other faint fruits. The taste is very rich. Lots of the caramel malts, but the sweetness is subdued. Hints of the pine hops in there balancing it out a bit. Actually a hint of dryness to the finish. Really nice!!
12-28-2011 20:45:01 | More by Boto
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
Appearance: Nice amber color with medium head but some heavy lacing. Some carbonation is present throughout the body.
Smell: Sweet caramel malts and mild hops. Mild alcohol notes present.
Taste: The alcohol notes make themselves known in the finish but mostly the caramel and hops shine through.
Mouthfeel: Nice creamy feel, the mild carbonation is pleasant but not distracting.
Drinkability: If you can get past the minor alcohol notes in the finish this is incredibly drinkable high alcohol content beer. The hops linger nicely on the tongue while the caramel malts provide a strong backbone. I plan on buying a case of this to age. Apparently this beer does great with aging.
02-03-2007 06:40:14 | More by stereosforgeeks
3.55/5 rDev -14.3%
22 ounce bottle from Hollymain Liquor in El Segundo
Poured into a Stone pint glass
Very, very strong tasting barleywine with a fairly thick head
Least favorite beer from Stone Brewing
Too sweet for my liking, probably would not drink this again, being that I could barley get through 16 ounces of the bottle
09-03-2007 05:57:20 | More by Floydster
3.45/5 rDev -16.7%
Stone- Old Guardian
Limited Early 2007 release
Appearance- Golden copper brown with a thick, creamy, sticky head. Thick lacing down the glass.
Smell- Oily green hops with grape/ plum notes. Alcohol is also present.
Taste- A quick dose of pungent hops followed with a sweet hit of fruits, raisin, prune, and cherry. Alcohol shows up in the end.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and cough medicine like from beginning to end. Slighty thick with a big hit of alcohol in the end.
Overall- This is 11.26% alc, so this is slighty potent beer here. I aged it for 4-5 months but feel that had probably little effect on it.
A good sipper for a relaxing evening or in place of wine.
06-22-2007 22:27:18 | More by NJpadreFan
4/5 rDev -3.4%
Had a chance to try this on New Years Eve. Yey.
Pours a reddish amber, with not much of a head. Maybe a thin crust of carbonation throughout.
Taste is aggressively hoppy; startling so, in fact. Not a bad taste, mind you, just not what I was expecting. Pine needles, grapefruit, and a gargantuan alcohol bite. Maybe a bit more caramel malt to balance it out than would expected from a DIPA/IPA, but I would scarcely have guessed this was a barleywine.
Still, very quaffable.
01-01-2008 10:33:40 | More by Overlord
3.58/5 rDev -13.5%
Looks like Old Gaurdian. Nice and burnt orange with ruby red hints abound. Big off white head lasted fairly long considering the ABV. Nice fluffy lacing slides down the glass.
Dried fruity, with big toffee and caramel malt components. A lovely floral hop brings it all together. Raisin, fig, brown sugar, hints of maple, sweetly complex, and very enticing. Now too wait for this beast too warm up.
A little hot and slightly out of whack. May need a little more time too mature. Hops are bitter and in your face. Very floral with hints of pine. Hop actually drowns out the sweet toffee, and caramel notes. Dried viognier grapes seem too be hidden in the back. Fig is delicate and somewhat lost, brown sugar does add a little depth too the mid-palate.
Mouth is medium and bruatally bitter. A year in bottle (or keg for this matter) should help bring those unto themselves and tame this beast.
02-22-2007 23:12:45 | More by mcallister
4/5 rDev -3.4%
Viggo was nice enough to share this one. he bought us each one to age, and brought this one over to share. thanks eric!
pours a great red colour with a small fine yellow head. the first two glasses were crystal clear, but the bottom of the bottle came a little cloudy.
aroma is great. tons of caramel. alcohol. pine and grapefruit hops. big biscuit and bread malt base. bit of yeast in the last glass.
taste is good. great caramel sweetness. big bread and biscuit malts. grapefruit and orange. bit of pine. medium bitterness level - a little lower than i expected in a fresh sample. the alcohol is there, but seems deceptively light.
mouthfeel is good. silky smooth well integrated medium-low carbonation level. medium-large body.
drinkability is great. well balanced and very nice, but nearly as good as the 2005 i had earlier this year. looking forward to trying this one with some age.
10-14-2007 21:19:29 | More by grub
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
Get to have this one on-tap at Flying Saucer as part of a 4 year vertical tasting. Served a crisp orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was a nice amount of burnt caramel hops, mild citrus hops and a trace of alcohol. The taste is a nice balance of sweet caramel malts with a mild hop backbone. The beer is clearly the smoothest of the four with the alcohol having become very well hidden. This one has aged out very nicely to a truly enjoyable Barleywine.
08-29-2010 00:23:24 | More by atsprings
4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
a: This is lighter than the average barleywine, looks a bit like an amber ale. Pours with a medium sized white head.
s: It's been less than a year, but the change is pronounced. The piny hop has ebbed a bit to let the malts through.The malts are now big and sweet with hints of chocolate and cherries. Alcohol blankets everything.
t: Some changes for the better here as well. The piny hop still dominates and is still a bit too rough and agressive. The balance from the malt is coming along nicely, however. Some mild chocolate and moderate amounts of brown sugar. Still a bit too hot on the finish.
m: For a hoppy as hell barleywine the carbonation is perfect, foamy rather than fizzy. Thick and very sticky.
d: I might try to find some more 07s for aging.
12-28-2007 15:06:27 | More by DIM
4.55/5 rDev +9.9%
Red orange body, clear but thick. Some fine carbonation. Off white head drops from one finger to table top to oil slick but clings desparately to the edges.
Rich sweet aroma. Heavy with candy and light fruits.
Taste starts rich, powerfully sweet. Might be sweet but this is no pixie stick. Rich toffee. Apricots. Sudden burst of hops explodes across the tongue and balances the sweetness like a lightning bolt. Hop tingle rides through the finish on into the sunset. Warming glow in the belly.
Smoot, slick, rich mouthfeel.
Dangerous and surprising drinkability considering the size of the elements here.
A superb afterdinner/nightcap barleywine. Great now and probably great with age.
08-17-2007 21:37:39 | More by RonfromJersey
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
A 22 ounce bomber bottle. Out of the cellar and into my nonic pint glass. Appears a hazy golden amber color with about a finger of quickly fading off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of sweet caramelized malt, prunes, plums, a bit of alcohol in the aroma, brown sugar, apricots, citrus such as perfume-y orange peel, still some noticeable bitter hops hanging on. Body falls somewhere between medium and full with adequate carbonation. Some alcohol heat in the back of the throat with each swallow. This barleywine is drinking nicely now, but some more time in the cellar wouldn't hurt it either.
02-16-2010 05:19:14 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
Wow. This is a good one. Tasted early '08; this ale has aged to become a jolly fine drink.
Orange-brown body, lovely highlights and a picture perfect head.
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, traces of a ridiculous amount of hopping still present but nicely subdued. Sharp, almost sweet but not quite, the hopping is mellow but packs a punch of peppery citrus. The pine character is not as prominent as the '08; a sure sign of mellowing.
All outstanding characteristics; this is a well put together ale that would please any lover of big flavors in their beer.
03-01-2008 02:20:52 | More by BretSikkink
4.18/5 rDev +1%
'07 vintage 22oz bottle poured at 50F into a snifter.
Clear orange/amber brown color. Tan head that subsides to a thin cover.
Sweet caramel malts with some floral hops. Sweet alcohol character as well with vanilla and honey.
Nice malts structure balanced by citrusy hops. The finish is a blend or sweet alcohol and tart ripe fruits.
Full body with a creamy and delicate feel. Good amount of carbonation.
Very well balnced with a subtle sherry presence. Alcohol masked under layers of barley and hops.
Good blend between an American and English barley wine. Has aged well over the last year, and will continue to do so for at least another few.
12-25-2007 03:40:38 | More by rye726
4/5 rDev -3.4%
A good solid barleywine. Pours a orange/amber color with an off white head. Head retention less than average . some lacing.
Strong Malty and spicy aroma. Good strong caramel malty and spicy taste. The beer I drank was a year old. I woud have wanted to see if there was a more hoppy presence in a fresh beer.
Mouthfeel is rich and inviting/ Drinkability is good, knowing that 24 oz is all you can handle/
A very nice beer!!
09-27-2008 02:20:44 | More by JayQue
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale 2007 from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.